Most innovative curtain wall system

Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station, Los Angeles Police Department >> AC Martin Partners
September 28, 2009

Photos by Timothy Hursley/AC Martin.

The new Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Replacement Station, in the heart of Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights community, exemplifies former LAPD Chief William Bratton’s efforts to create a more open, community-serving police force for the city.

“The new design will better serve both the community and the officers,” says David Martin, design principal at the project’s architect, AC Martin Partners, Los Angeles. “It is innovative functionally and aesthetically, and most important, it is innovative in how it relates to the community.”

Significantly larger than the original facility, the 54,000-square-foot new building features a layered curtain wall system and includes a community/multipurpose room, offices, temporary holding cells, lobby and support areas. The exterior walls of the station are highlighted by a staccato rhythm of rectangular colored windows and insets that allow light into the building while meeting the station’s privacy and safety needs.

“The glass façade allows light and diffused views into the lobby during the day, and becomes a glowing beacon at night,” says

Christopher King, senior designer for AC Martin. The complex layering of glass is
strategic as well as artistic, balancing light and shade to maximize light and minimize heat gain.

“The station’s modern design erodes the fortress-like nature of traditional police facilities, creating a desirable work environment for the officers, and encourages interaction with the surrounding community,” King says.

The station is designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, along with water-wise plumbing/irrigation, reduce the building’s dependence on natural resources.

California Glass Bending, Wilmington, Calif., fabricated the bent glass, and Delta Structures, Chino, Calif., completed the installation. FTR International, Irvine, Calif., was the general contractor.

Oldcastle Glass, Santa Monica, Calif., supplied all the non-bent glass, and United States Aluminum, Waxahachie, Texas, supplied the curtain wall system.